I don’t think anyone is going to be surprised to hear that the Lady Gaga/Kanye West ironically titled “Fame Kills” tour has been cancelled already. There’s no official word on why it was cancelled but low ticket sales and backlash against West’s diva behavior are speculated reasons. Everyone has their own opinions about these two trainwrecks but I can admit that I really like both of them, musically speaking. That can’t go without saying that I think they’re both run-of-the-mill assholes.
Add this to the 847598347-billion projects Thom Yorke has going on right now. Yorke debuted a new group featuring Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea, Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Beck drummer Joey Waronker and percussionist Mauro Refosco. They performed two shows on October 4th and 5th at Los Angeles’ Orpheum Theater. They performed music from Yorke’s solo album The Eraser, which Yorke has been performing strictly solo. With the addition of the band, he hopes to bring it more to life.
On to the Monday Playlist...
Sean: I mentioned House of Heroes briefly in my middle-eights piece, but I feel that their awesomeness bears repeating. I've been listening to The End Is Not the End consistently since last winter, and I still never seem to get sick of it. It's nearly flawless, and also a good example of how spirituality can play a role in music without taking over. This is the album's killer opener, "If."
Chris: "You Were Right About Me" by Talk Less, Say More is proof that sometimes downloading a band's music based on their name alone is not a bad thing. A digital copy of the London group's album It's About Time is available for free via Records on Ribs, and it's well worth the mere 2-3 minute wait it takes for it to arrive on your desktop, if only for the aforementioned opening track. It's warm yet murky electronic pop music that dollops on a healthy dose of sadness and a glimpse of hope. As it ebbs and flows in epic fashion, it's hard to not wish the rest of the album was as great as its kickoff track, but nevertheless, just by offering up their music for free and having one outstanding cut on their album, I look forward to keeping tabs on TLSM in the future.